“I’m dating a lovely Christian girl,” Scott said, addressing the issue for the first time since a lengthy Washington Post report on the status of his relationship and its mystery was published earlier this week.
“One of the things I love about the gospel of Jesus Christ is that it always points us in the right direction. Proverbs 18:22 says, ‘He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor with the Lord,'” he added.
Scott, 57, then knelt on the ground, asking the audience to pray for him before quickly getting up with a big smile. The audience laughed.
Scott has never been married, sparking questions in Republican circles about the presidential candidate’s relationship status, especially as he seeks to court evangelical voters. Although the percentage of adults remaining single later in adulthood has increased in recent years, the Republican Party, particularly the more religious bloc of voters, continues to hold traditional ideas about marriage and family.
“As a man who grew up in a single-parent family mired in poverty, I understand the devastation that comes when a family breaks up. I live with the consequences of a father who wasn’t there. I am committed to making sure this never happens in my life,” Scott said. “I am so grateful to know a resurrected savior who helped guide my path, and I am so grateful to have allowed my life to intersect at the right time with the right person. And I simply say: praise the living God.